And why you should too.
I have a friend who is a teacher in Tucson. Recently on Facebook she asked for folks to support the proposed 1% sales tax to save her job. She might be right. If the sales tax goes through her job may be saved for awhile, but at what cost? Most likely at the expense of thousands of other jobs in the state.
What really upsets me about this starts at the national level. This is how misplaced priorities in Washington, D.C. trickle down to the state level and into our personal lives. The Obama Administration has been determined to grow government instead of creating jobs. He gives himself a B+. If his aim is to vastly increase debt and the size of government, I’d say he’s about right so far, although passing the government takeover of health care might bump that up to an A-.
The so-called stimulus bill didn’t stimulate anything except for the growth of government. That means at a time when tax revenues are low because so many people are out of work the government grew itself which demands even more revenue. Since revenue is down we have to raise taxes and go deeper into debt. This Administration is shattering records for debt creation all the while blaming the Bush Administration. Shameless, wrong and dangerous.
The proven method of stimulating job growth and tax revenue is cutting tax rates for individuals and corporations. It’s how Reagan got us out of the mess Carter created and it’s how George W. Bush saved the country from an economic disaster after the 911 attacks.
Instead, we have an administration that is very dangerously growing government and creating a HUGE debt load. It is a huge drag on an economy that should already be pulling out of this deep recession. Instead we have near 10% unemployment for the foreseeable future.
So, that brings me back to the proposed 1% sales tax in Arizona. Instead of a better national economy that would spur the local economy, we have a high jobless rate and the State of Arizona is broke. Now the debate is about; do we agree to a 20% sales tax increase to save some teachers jobs? or do we reject higher taxes, save private sector jobs and watch teachers get layed off? What a lousy choice.
I’m against the tax increase because a new tax increase will bog down the local economy even more than it is which will delay any hope we have of pulling out of this recession. I know that “they” promise it’ll be “temporary,” but I know better than that.
I love my teacher friends. You watch how this debate is going to be framed. “It’s about the children. If you are against the tax you hate children.” They are going to pull on emotional strings to get folks to vote to increase their own taxes. Because Obama has taken fiscally wise solutions off the table we are reduced to emotionally charged debates over the best ways to tax ourselves into deeper trouble.
If the self imposed sales tax increase is self imposed the problem ultimately isn’t solved. We’ll just have to go back to well again and again. More debt, more taxes, more jobs lost… a downward spiral.
We MUST have fiscal conservatives back in charge at the state level and at the federal level. This debt is unsustainable and if we don’t apply proven solutions to the problem and fast, a 1% sales tax will be the least of our problems.